Vidyya Medical News Service
Volume 5 Issue 206 Published - 14:00 UTC 08:00 EST 25-July-2003 Next Update - 14:00 UTC 08:00 EST 26-July-2003
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Information for patients and practitioners: Autism
Isolated in worlds of their own, people with autism appear indifferent and remote and are unable to form emotional bonds with others. Although people with this baffling brain disorder can display a wide range of symptoms and disability, many are incapable of understanding other people's thoughts, feelings, and needs. Often, language and intelligence fail to develop fully, making communication and social relationships difficult. Many people with autism engage in repetitive activities, like rocking or banging their heads, or rigidly following familiar patterns in their everyday routines. Some are painfully sensitive to sound, touch, sight, or smell. This booklet is provided by the National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH), the Federal agency that conducts and supports research on mental and brain disorders, including autism.  more

World bank study links HIV/AIDS to economic decline
The report says that the HIV/AIDS epidemic destroys economies by killing off skilled and able workers, wrecking mechanisms that create human capital like stable homes and undermining education prospects.  more


Vidyya abstracts from the medical literature: Information about autism (April - August, 2003)
Read recent abstracts from the medical literature published on the topic of Autism. This service appears courtesy of the National Library of Medicine and is just one of the ways Vidyya endeavors to bring you the latest, best, information on hot topics in medicine.  more

Information for patients: Autism fact sheet
Autism affects an estimated 10 to 20 of every 10,000 people, depending on the diagnostic criteria used. Most estimates that include people with similar disorders are two to three times greater. Autism strikes males about four times as often as females, and has been found throughout the world in people of all racial and social backgrounds. more

There is more to losing weight than diet and exercise
There is more to losing weight than diet and exercise, according to investigators the Research Institute at the McGill University Health Centre (MUHC). Their study is the first to identify a new receptor protein present on fat cells that may play a role in fat metabolism. The findings, published recently in the Journal of Biological Chemistry, have implications for the many individuals suffering from obesity.  more

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